Germany's Martin Kaymer is set to leapfrog Tiger Woods into second placed in the world rankings while American Phil Mickelson appears likely to drop to fifth following the Abu Dhabi Championships on Sunday.
US PGA champion Kaymer heads into Sunday's final round with a healthy five-shot lead in his first event of the new season, needing only a top-seven finish in the UAE capital to usurp Woods in the rankings.
That scenario would mean two Europeans will occupy the top two spots for the first time since 1993 with Kaymer slotting in behind Britain's Lee Westwood.
Eighteen years ago, it was also a Briton ahead of a German, when Nick Faldo topped the standings ahead of Bernhard Langer.
"I consider Tiger Woods the best player in the world or the best golfer that ever lived. And to be in front of him for one week or a month, that would make me happy for sure," said Kaymer.